Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: A Wake-Up Call on the Importance of Good Sleep Habits

Getting enough sleep every night is part of a healthy lifestyle, but many Americans regularly fall short of the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. In fact, approximately 35% of U.S. adults do not get enough sleep. In addition to feeling tired and groggy, poor sleep habits over time can increase the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and poor mental health. Moreover, getting behind the wheel of a car, or other vehicle, while drowsy can affect your ability to react quickly and make smart decisions on the road. This can increase your chances of being involved in a car crash, seriously injuring yourself and other motorists.

According to data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which was conducted in all 50 states as well as Washington D.C., close to 83 million adults report that they get less than seven hours of sleep per night on a regular basis. This is a common problem among adults in this country, but one that needs to be addressed. According to the survey, adults in certain areas of the country are getting less sleep than others. For example, people living in states such as Iowa, Vermont, Kansas, Utah, Montana, Nebraska and Colorado were more likely to get the recommended amount of sleep than adults living in Kentucky, Maryland, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and West Virginia.

How to Improve Sleep Habits

If you suffer from chronically poor sleep habits, there are things you can do to increase the amount of sleep you get and improve your overall health, including the following behaviors:

  • Consistency: Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning, even on weekends.
  • Keep you room dark, quiet and at a comfortable, cool temperature.
  • Avoid all electronics before bed and do not keep TVs, computers or smart phones in the bedroom.
  • Do not eat a large meal right before bed. Avoid things with caffeine or alcohol towards the ends of the day.
  • Avoid tobacco/nicotine.
  • Regular exercise during the day can help you fall asleep more quickly at night.
  • Discuss your sleep issues with your doctor if they persist. Keeping a 10-day sleep journal will help your doctor pinpoint the problem and discuss possible solutions. A sleep journal should include the following:
    – When you go to bed
    – When you fall asleep
    – What time you wake up
    – What time you get out of bed
    – Do you take naps?
    – Do you exercise regularly?
    – How often do you consume alcohol?
    – How many caffeinated drinks do you consume throughout the day?

Your doctor will be able to come up with a plan to help establish healthy sleep habits that will keep you feeling rested throughout the day and avoid the possibility of injuries from car accidents that can result from drowsy driving.

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Provide Successful Representation for Victims of Drowsy Driving Accidents

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a car accident due to drowsy driving, contact our Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton so that we may thoroughly examine your case and pursue the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.